Randy Stewart

Fine Arts Producer

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning "Arts News." Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Ozzie Award" in 2006.

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(Photo courtesy www.herbalpert.com)

There can be few sounds in pop music over the last fifty years as instantly recognizable as the smooth trumpet and playful, Latin-tinged tunes of Herb Alpert—trumpeter, composer, bandleader, record company co-founder, visual artist, philanthropist... and as I kidded him in a phone conversation we had a few weeks ago, “chief bottle washer.” “Gardener... I also take out the garbage... I’m in charge of a lot of stuff!” adds Alpert with a laugh.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present the Springfield-area premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People" opening this weekend and running through Sept. 24 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown.  It's a co-production with Resident Artist Ensemble, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude.

(Poster design courtesy St.Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church)

The tenth annual Greek Festival, a traditional family-oriented celebration, will be held Friday through Sunday, September 8-10 on the  parking lot of St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday Avenue.  Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free with plenty of free parking.  In the past they've had about 5000 attendees to the festival.

(Logo courtesy Sammy's Window)

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild was organized in 1996 by Dr. Bradley J. Fisher, Missouri State University Emeritus faculty and coordinator for the MSU Gerontology Program.  Studio 55’s President Ramona Gist says Dr. Fisher “asked a group of older citizens to form a group of artists, and to encourage each other in their art. And that group has grown now to 128 members” representing all forms of visual art.  In fact, they’ve just this year changed their membership guidelines so that any artist age 18 or older is eligible to join.

(Photo courtesy Missouri Choral Artists)

The Missouri Choral Artists are a group of professional musicians dedicated to artistic excellence in choral music. The newly developed MCA model features an ever-evolving selection of the finest choral musicians and conductors from across Missouri and the surrounding region. The ensemble convenes for a weekend of rehearsals and events that culminate in a presentation of choral music of the highest caliber. MCA will present its first full season of concerts across the state of Missouri, beginning on Sunday, July 16th at 4:00pm in the Chapel of Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

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